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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 05-31-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Ride height too tall

I just finished my front end rebuild. Drove the car around a bit hoping the suspension would settle but the overall height is 3" too tall. Can't figure out why.....any suggestions
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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Ride height too tall

Wow. I've never seen that before. Did u change out struts/springs and if u did r u certain they were rite ones?


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Old 05-31-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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Nice 4x4 ...


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Old 05-31-2013, 08:20 AM   #4
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Did you stick the strut all the way in?
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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Did you stick the strut all the way in?
Even if he didn't that's seems really tall...usually it's high not that high lol

I would check the strut as a starting point.

But ya just say you wanted a rally car but liked the e46 body style lol


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Old 05-31-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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The bilstein part numbers check out. The spring perches are fully seated. I used my old springs....stumped!!
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Can someone take a picture of the spring perches? I think I may have them backwards
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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Mine did take a while to settle when I did the suspension, but it definitly didnt start out that high. With H&R Sport spring and Bilstein sports you could just see the strut under the fender in the front when I first finished it.

Are you sure the strut is seated all the way into the bottom part by the pinch bolt?
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #9
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i dont think my spring are in the right spots on the perches. gonna dismantle and rotate them

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:40 PM   #10
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did you stick the strut all the way in?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:00 PM   #11
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:00 PM   #12
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:08 PM   #13
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There is no way this is possible..... you must have bought RWD struts.

car looks great lifted though.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:43 PM   #14
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Brother, I wouldn't operate that car until this is sorted out. Good luck with a quick solution! You could post up some pics from various angles and see if anyone can spot something.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:26 PM   #15
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Brother, I wouldn't operate that car until this is sorted out. Good luck with a quick solution! You could post up some pics from various angles and see if anyone can spot something.
+1. Get us some Picts of the suspension.


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Old 05-31-2013, 10:25 PM   #16
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I will post pix tomorrow. I have gone over everything and nothing. I will be calling Bilstein since it is the strut that determines ride height. The spring perches are fully seated and the strut is fully extended w/ spring installed.

I am not driving the car....
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:14 AM   #17
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Ride height too tall

Strut doesn't determine ride height, springs do. I really don't think you seated the strut in the knuckle properly. Sometimes you have to bang it in there or take a pry bar and spread the pinch point open.


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Old 06-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #18
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Its the strut that determines the ride height. The spring sits on the perch and pushes up to fully extend the strut. This extention is the ride height. On XI models the bottom of the strut has a indentation where it lines up with the screw that goes thru the knuckle so there is NO WAY to bang it further into the knuckle and still get the bolt thru the knuckle.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #19
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #20
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